mondragon-kalabMexico was awarded the European Drug Prevention Prize 2014, through its National Commission Against Addictions (CONADIC), for the project “Youth in Action for the Prevention”, which was granted by the Council of Europe’s Pompidou Group — Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, head of the CONADIC, received the award at the 16th Ministerial Conference of the Pompidou Group, which was held on November 19 and 20 in the city of Strasbourg in France.

During his participation in the Conference, Mondragon y Kalb said that the CONADIC will launch an awareness campaign from 2015, aimed at young people to avoid the use of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. He explained that alcoholism begins between 12 and 13 years old.

He also participated in the debate “New generations – challenges for existing drug policies,” where, he stressed the importance of public policies to address addictions based on an health approach, while providing relevant measures based on scientific research, giving greater importance to prevention, psychological and medical care and rehabilitation, plus taking into account that youth are a population that requires specialized care.

Berenice Santamaria Gonzalez, CONADIC’s Operations Linking Director, spoke on behalf of Mexico’s antidrug policies nationwide, highlighting the country’s progress in this area.

Also, as part of the itinerary of the conference, representatives of Member States and the Pompidou Group observers gave their approval to the report on the implementation of the Work Program 2010-2014, elected a new President and Vice President, and set the new work program for 2015-2018. Finally, they conducted the declaration of the ministerial meeting.

This meeting allowed participating countries to exchange views on the latest developments and political challenges on drugs.

Pompidou Group is a multidisciplinary forum for exchanging information and opinions, with the objective of promoting cooperation between governments. It consists of 47 member states, of which Mexico acts as an Observer State, and is represented by the National Commission Against Addictions.

Through: Secretaría de Salud (Mexico’s Ministry of Health)